Christmas Gift Ideas from UK-Traveller

If you’re looking for the perfect Christmas Gift then you should take a look at Buyagift. Several of the team here at UK-Traveller have used Buyagift both for themselves and also for buying gifts for friends and family. We have tried driving experiences, dinner cruises, short breaks, pamper days and spa days and they’ve all been really great.

Buyagift have thousands of gift ideas and they take pride in their excellent customer service. Here at UK-Traveller we’re more than happy to recommend them.

You can Click-Here…. to visit the Buyagift website.

This is what Buyagift say about themselves ….

Buyagift only use the best experience providers in the country.

Buyagift constantly monitor their customer feedback so that you can be sure you are choosing the perfect gift.

Buyagift’s website is 100% secure.

Buyagift do not see or hold your credit card details at any stage during the transaction to ensure you have 100% security and peace of mind.

Buyagift pride themselves on their commitment to their customers.

Buyagift are always working to ensure customer satisfaction at every level. If you need any assistance please contact them. Whether you have a question about a product or simply need some advice, their friendly customer service team are here to help.

Buyagift have something for everyone!

All Buyagift experiences are 100% exchangeable… for free! So not sure which experience they would prefer? You no longer have to worry, as Buyagift offer free exchanges and you can exchange as many times as you like!

Buyagift make shopping easy! You can shop easily online and even include a stylish gift tin for easy wrapping and a personalised message for that special touch.

Buyagift offer a best price guarantee. They want you to be sure you’re getting the best deal on the web. That’s why they promise that if you buy from them and see the same gift experience cheaper elsewhere on the web (within 14 days), then they’ll refund you 150% of the difference (See T&C’s).

Buyagift keep carbon where it belongs! For every gram of carbon released on Buyagift experiences, they work with the environmental charity Cool Earth to off-set four grams – making a positive difference to the environment.

You can Click-Here…. to visit the Buyagift website.

Other fantastic leading Gift Experience companies are:

Into the Blue : Click-Here…. to visit the Into the Blue website.

Red Letter Days : Click-Here…. to visit the Red Letter Days website.

Virgin Experiences : Click-Here…. to visit the Virgin Experiences website.

Red Letter Days are owned by two of the ‘Dragons’ from the BBC series ‘Dragons Den’ and Virgin Experiences are part of the well known Virgin Group. Whichever of these four companies you choose you can be sure of great value and customer service.

Very best wishes for the Christmas Season from all at UK-Traveller. :-)

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UK Cottage Holidays : Cottages4You Wins Award

If you prefer taking a relaxing UK Cottage Holiday then you should check out Cottages4You who won the Gold Award in the Prestigious 2012 British Travel Awards.

A record breaking 100,000 plus UK households cast 1,088,339 votes to establish the 2012 British Travel Awards Winners.

British Travel Awards .. Best Villa/Self-Catering Booking Company :

Gold Award : Cottages4you Visit-Site….

Silver Award : JamesVillas Visit-Site….

There’s plenty of other UK Cottage Holiday Specialists listed on our “UK Holidays” Page.

We hope you find a great deal on your UK Cottage Holiday :-)

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British Travel Awards Winners 2012 : The Best Online UK Hotel Bookers

If you’re looking for the best range of UK Hotels or Apartments then you should take notice of the winners of the Prestigious 2012 British Travel Awards.

LateRooms, Expedia and AlphaRooms took the top three awards for hotel booking websites.

A record breaking 100,000 plus UK households cast 1,088,339 votes to establish the 2012 British Travel Awards Winners.

British Travel Awards .. Best Online Hotel Booking Company :

Gold Award : LateRooms Visit-Site….

Silver Award : Expedia Visit-Site….

Bronze Award : AlphaRooms Visit-Site….

There’s also plenty of other UK Hotel Bookings Websites listed on our “UK Hotels” Page.

We hope you find a great deal on your UK Hotel or Apartments :-)

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UK and much more at Lastminute.com

If you’re trying to find a great UK holiday or flight deal then check out Lastminute-com.

Lastminute-com is the UK’s leading online travel and leisure retailer, with over 1.65 million visitors per week it provides customers with the best ways to make their free time go even further.

Whether it’s planning an exotic escape to the Maldives, jetting off from UK, or maybe planning a great night out in the UK, lastminute-com has it all and at great value prices.

Lastminute-com offers its customers the opportunity to book flights, tickets, hotels and more through a one stop shop.

From adventuring in the mountains to relaxing beach breaks, spa stays, theatre trips and dining, there really is something for everyone.

Amazing Facts about Lastminute-com:

>The most popular travel and leisure site in the UK with around 1.65 million people logging on every week to bag the best deals
>Has sold 750,000 airline tickets to 1300 destinations worldwide in the last year – that’s the equivalent of packing off the whole of Glasgow abroad
>80,000 hotels available on their site worldwide
>Every 15 minutes someone books a holiday
>Every 60 seconds someone sleeps in a hotel bed booked on their site
>They sold 1.5 million theatre tickets in 2009. A theatre ticket sells every 26 seconds
>They are the largest independent retailer of West End theatre tickets, selling one in 9 of every seat sold
>They offer over 350 fun experiences ranging from shark diving to chocolate making, to hot air balloon flights

Click-Here…. to visit the Lastminute-com website.

Enjoy your UK Bargain! :-)

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Massive savings on UK Hotels at Hotwire.com

If you’re looking to book your UK Hotel then check out Hotwire UK first.

You’ve probably seen them advertised on the TV and they make some amazing claims on achieving huge hotel discounts. It seems from customer and press feedback that Hotwire’s claims may be true. They really could get you a fantastic UK hotel discount.

We certainly wouldn’t book any UK Hotel without giving them a try first.

Hotwire was launched in 2000 and negotiates deep discounts from its travel suppliers to help travellers book unsold airline seats, hotel rooms and rental cars at significant savings. Hotwire’s mission is to offer unbeatable low prices on airline tickets, hotel reservations, car rentals, holiday packages, and cruises. Through their partnerships with leading travel companies, they can get customers ridiculously low prices.

How does Hotwire work?
Their partners allow them access to their unsold inventory – empty seats on flights, empty hotel rooms, and extra cars at big savings. By showing the name of the travel partner after customers book, Hotwire can get them travel deals that are significantly below published prices.

Click-Here…. to visit the Hotwire website and search for UK bargains!

Recent Press comment on Hotwire has been really impressive …

The Economist:
“Users can get room-rate discounts that sometimes exceed 50%”

Daily Mirror:
“We were paying a two-star price for our stay in this grand luxury hotel”

The Telegraph:
“Prices can be as much as 70 percent less than the published price”

London Evening Standard:
“Anyone planning a last-minute holiday you should check out the secret hotel deals”

The Hotwire Promise:
Within 48 hours of booking, if you find a lower rate for an identical booking, they’ll pay you the difference between the rates.

Click-Here…. to visit the Hotwire website.

We hope you find some amazing UK hotel deals! :-)

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Book your UK Hotel at Hotels.com

Hotels-com (Visit-Site….) offers the choice of over 154,000 hotels in more than 60 countries and has a wide range of UK hotels and apartments to choose from.

Their vast database of hotel reviews will help you find the best UK deal in the right UK location.

Whether you are travelling last minute, as a family or need a UK hotel for business they are sure to have the right hotel deal for you.

They also have a 24 hour phone line if you would prefer to speak to someone.

Find, compare, review and book UK hotels at great prices all at the Hotels-com (Visit-Site….) website.

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UK Rain and Flood Forecast

A couple of useful links if you’re tryng to dodge the Rain and Floods across the UK ….

www.metoffi…

www.shoothi…

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Fantastic UK Holidays from Haven Holidays

Haven Holidays owns and operates 35 award-winning family holiday Parks throughout England, Scotland and Wales situated close to some of Britain’s favourite seaside resorts.

Haven offers both Self-Catering holidays, and Touring and Camping holidays.

Self-Catering holidays give holiday makers the opportunity to stay in one of Haven’s 6 grades of top quality accommodation ranging from the value for money Standard to the luxurious Exclusive options.

23 Parks offer Touring and Camping pitches which provide a base for families with Tourers, Motorhomes, Trailers and Tents,to explore the local area and to enjoy all the facilities Haven has to offer. These facilities include swimming pool complexes, sports activities, Kids Clubs and evening entertainment and are open to everyone staying on any of Haven’s Parks.

Haven Holidays have sites across the UK and all are bookable online:

Blackpool Parks
Cala Gran
Marton Mere

Cornwall Parks
Riviere Sands
Perran Sands

Devon Parks
Devon Cliffs

Dorset Parks
Rockley Park
Seaview Park
Weymouth Bay
Littlesea

Essex Parks
Orchards

Kent Parks
Allhallows

The Lake District Parks
Lakeland

Lincolnshire Parks
Golden Sands
Thorpe Park

Norfolk Parks
Caister
Hopton
Seashore
Wild Duck

North Wales Parks
Greenacres
Hafan y Môr
Presthaven Sands

Northumberland Parks
Berwick
Haggerston Castle

Scotland Parks
Craig Tara
Seton Sands

Somerset Parks
Doniford Bay
Burnham-on-Sea

South Wales Parks
Kiln Park
Lydstep Beach
Quay West

Sussex Parks
Church Farm
Combe Haven

Yorkshire Parks
Blue Dolphin
Primrose Valley
Reighton Sands

Book online at Haven Holidays

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50% OFF UK Warner Leisure Hotels : Warner Discount Code

Get 50% OFF UK Warner Leisure Hotels with this Warner Discount Code.

TWO DAY SALE on UK Warner Leisure Breaks

From 12:00am on Wednesday 22nd November 2011 for TWO DAYS ONLY all Warner Leisure Hotels customers making an online booking can save a whopping 50% OFF all UK Warner Breaks commencing before 19th December 2011.

All Room upgrades are also eligible for the 50% OFF discount during the sale.

Please use the code below to access the discounted Warner Breaks …

Warner Breaks Discount Code: 45WWA

Book online at Warner Leisure Hotels

The Special UK Warner Breaks Discount Code applies to all Warner Hotels:

Country Houses
Alvaston Hall Hotel
Bodelwyddan Castle Hotel
Cricket St. Thomas Hotel
Holme Lacy House Hotel
Littlecote House Hotel
Nidd Hall Hotel
Thoresby Hall Hotel
Coastal Hotels
Bembridge Coast Hotel
Sinah Warren Hotel
Coastal Villages
Corton Holiday Village
Gunton Hall Holiday Village
Lakeside Holiday Village
Norton Grange Holiday Village

For more information on UK Leisure Breaks and to book online visit Warner Leisure Hotels

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Compare UK Hotel Prices in One Easy Search

If you can’t decide which leading hotel booking website to use to book your UK accommodation then the answer may be here.

With just one easy search you can now compare prices on UK Hotels at over twenty leading hotel booking websites.

This fantastic new utility simply searches all the leading UK hotel bookers and presents you with a list of where you will get the best prices. You then simply go to the leading site with the best price and book direct with them.

You will always be booking your UK accommodation with leading and well-respected hotel booking websites like those listed below:

> AccorHotels.com
> Agoda.com
> BestWestern.com
> BookDirectRooms.com
> Booking.com
> CarlsonHotels.com
> ChoiceHotels.com
> dhr.com
> EasyClickTravel.com
> EasyToBook.com
> Ebookers.com
> eLong.com
> Expedia.com
> Getaroom.com
> Hilton.com
> HotelClub.com
> Hotelopia.com
> Hotels.com
> Hotels4U.com
> HRS.com
> InterContinental.com
> LastMinute.com
> LateRooms.com
> Marriott.com
> OctopusTravel.com
> Otel.com
> Priceline.com
> RatesToGo.com
> Skoosh.com
> Travelocity…

Give the new UK Compare Hotel Prices utility a try and it’s unlikely that you will ever use another UK hotel booking site again.

The team here at UK-Traveller have made some amazing savings on UK accommodation using this impressive search tool and are delighted to recommend this amazing site.

Visit the Compare Hotel Prices website.

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Compare UK Hotel Prices

The team here at UK-Traveller have just stumbled upon an amazing hotel price comparison website that lets you compare the prices on UK Hotels from over 20 leading hotel booking websites in a single search.

> Compare Hotel Prices – UK Hotel Search you can get prices from all these hotel booking websites:

AccorHotels
Agoda
BestWestern
BookDirectRooms
Booking
CarlsonHotels
ChoiceHotels
dhr
EasyClickTravel
EasyToBook
Ebookers
eLong
Expedia
Getaroom
Hilton
HotelClub
Hotelopia
Hotels
Hotels4U
HRS
InterContinental
LastMinute
LateRooms
Marriott
OctopusTravel
Otel
Priceline
RatesToGo
Skoosh
Travelocity

Give it a try .. you could save an amazing amount of money on your UK Hotel Booking.

> Compare Hotel Prices – Compare UK Hotels at HotelsCombined

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Shearings 2012 Holiday Sale Now On!

Shearings Holidays are pleased to announce their 2012 holidays are now on sale!

1000′s of 2011 prices are being held and there’s loads of fantastic new holidays for 2012!

You’ll find popular favourites as well as brand new holiday ideas across the UK, Europe and beyond.

There are exclusive ocean and river cruises, short breaks to cosmopolitan cities, fascinating escorted tours – all with the superb quality, service and value for which Shearings Holidays are renowned- so please get promoting these amazing offers now!!

Please visit: www.shearin… to view savings of up to 25% OFF!

Sale Offers Include:

2012 UK and Ireland Holidays. Save up to 25%
2012 European and Worldwide Holidays. Save up to 15%
2012 River Cruises. Save up to 10%
2012 Cruises. Save up to 15%

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Pontins Discount Code : 50% Off at Pontins across the UK

Get 50% off bookings at Pontins across the UK using this code.

The code and discount applies to Pontins bookings at all locations across England and Wales.

Code: AFSO

End Date: 2nd September

Whichever Pontins Holiday Park you pick, you are guaranteed an award-winning beach and stunning surroundings! From the excitement of Camber Sands or Southport through to the beautiful Broads at Pakefield, vast beaches at Brean Sands or magnificent mountains at Prestatyn Sands you will always have a holiday to remember.

Wales
* Prestatyn Sands Holiday Park

England
* Brean Sands Holiday Park
* Camber Sands Holiday Park
* Southport Holiday Park
* Pakefield Holiday Park

Book online at Pontins

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Legoland Annual Passes – 20% Off

You can now get a huge 20% discount on Merlin Annual Passes at LEGOLAND Windsor.

Bring the family together and enjoy 12 months entry to 29 of the UK’s top attractions with a MERLIN Annual Pass.

Hurry to ensure you don’t miss out on this great offer as it ends on 24th July 2011!

Merlin Passes – Legoland

Your pass will be valid to:

LEGOLAND Windsor, The Alton Towers Resort, Chessington World of Adventures Resort, EDF Energy London Eye, LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester, Madame Tussauds Including Blackpool – from April 2011, London SEA LIFE centres & Sanctuaries Including Birmingham, Blackpool, Bray, Brighton, Great Yarmouth, Loch Lomond, London, Scarborough, Gweek, Hunstanton & Oban , The Blackpool Tower – from Sept 2011 Including The Blackpool Tower Ballroom, The Blackpool Tower Circus, The Blackpool Tower Eye & Jungle Jims, The Dungeons Including Blackpool – from Sept 2011, Edinburgh, London, York, THORPE PARK and Warwick Castle.

Please read the Terms and Conditions

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St Peter Port Cruises – Cruise to St Peter Port in Guernsey with P&O Cruises

P&O Cruises now offer a selection of cruises that include the town of St Peter Port in Guernsey as a Port-of-Call.

A busy port since Roman times and one-time home of Victor Hugo, Guernsey’s capital, St Peter Port, is the prettiest town in the Channel Islands with fine Georgian and Regency houses, tumbling terraced gardens, winding streets and hidden leafy alleyways.

The best way to discover the true beauty of Guernsey is on foot, exploring the Ruettes – tranquil, quiet lanes that are dedicated to walkers, cyclists and horse riders.

And history lovers will be in their element exploring Castle Cornet, the last Royalist stronghold of the English Civil War and now home to several museums and theatrical events.

Fort Grey was a bastion against Napoleon and is now a fascinating Shipwreck Museum while the German Occupation Museum gives a vivid account of island life during WWII.

When you have finished sightseeing, do leave time for shopping, as Duty Free Guernsey offers some of the world’s best bargains on cameras and electrical goods, jewellery, perfume and wine.

A full list of the P&O cruises that feature St Peter Port as a Port of Call can be found here:

St Peter Port Cruises from P&O Cruises

P&O St Peter Port Cruises also feature a fantastic selection of shore excursions. We’ve listed a few of the most popular excursions below. Please check the P&O St Peter Port Excursions page for a complete list of current excursions.

Coast and Countryside Drive
A mix of stunning scenery, intriguing history and island living will leave lasting impressions on all who set foot on Guernsey.

A perfect introduction to an island small in size but big on charm, spectacular with its scenery and historical with its relevance to World War II. See all that the beautiful island of Guernsey has to offer, from the dramatic cliffs in the south, to the magical bays and sandy beaches in the west, and the capital, St Peter Port, in the east.

Driving alongside the pretty harbour and shopping centre of St Peter Port, pass the 11th century town church and 12th century Castle Cornet. Discover the charming Little Chapel, a unique miniature church set in the quiet Guernsey countryside, which not only has an unusual appearance, but a unique history. Just 19 by 15 feet in size and decorated with seashells, pebbles and colourful pieces of china, its tiny alcoves barely hold 3 people at any one time.

As your journey takes you through country lanes leading to the west coast, capture the beautiful seascape from the high vantage point of Pleinmont cliffs during a photo stop. Breathe in the sea air as you view coastal fortifications from the Second World War, and appreciate the magnificent scenery that makes the island of Guernsey a special place to visit.

A stop will be made for tea or coffee and cake, with time to browse for some souvenirs.

Colourful Coastal Walk
Breathe in the fresh sea air as you walk along the scenic cliff paths towards the pretty town of St Peter Port.

The enticement of Guernsey for walkers is its size; at just 25 square miles walkers can explore its perfectly formed coastline, while taking in the stunning scenery and colourful beauty that has been an inspiration for many.

After a short drive to the beautiful Fermain Bay, take in the magnificent views over the cliffs and outwards to the other Channel Islands including Herm, Sark, Alderney and, on a clear day, the coast of France.

Pass Petit Fort and savour the fragrance of the blooming flowers filling the paths with colour. Stroll through Bluebell Wood, and enjoy wonderful views out to sea as you take in the fresh air and true beauty of Guernsey. Whatever time of year your visit, discover new colours each month that are an endless source of beauty.

Approaching the town of St Peter Port, see the old Victorian bathing area before passing fascinating Fort. Pass the shops and marina before arriving back at the quayside. There will be a stop for some light refreshments along the way.

Rib Ride Adventure
A unique interactive experience, combining stunning scenery and breathtaking wildlife in an exhilarating rigid inflatable boat.

Be immersed in the island’s wildlife as you travel through the turquoise waters around Guernsey to discover the waters, wildlife and history that makes Guernsey such a unique island.

Look out for an impressive variety of seabirds, which nest amidst the rocky ledges, with the possibility of seeing Puffins, Gannets, Razorbills and Shags. These can be viewed from close quarters as your specially adapted boat allows you to get close to the cliffs and caves.

Visit the reef of rocks just to the north of Herm Island, a designated nature reserve, where Atlantic Grey Seals can sometimes be seen lazing on the rocks. You may even spot dolphins or whales.

Guided by a nature enthusiast, this tour provides a combination of wildlife observation and exhilaration. You will also find out more about the history and drama of Guernsey’s spectacular maritime heritage.

Your return will be at a bracing speed – so hold on tightly!

Isle of Sark
Step back in time to visit the Isle of Sark, with its picturesque coastline and lack of cars this island is charming and unique.

Just a 40 minute ride away by ferry from Guernsey, passing the small islands of Herm, Jethou and Brecqhou, lies the Isle of Sark. A tractor-drawn cart called the ‘toast rack’ will take you up the steep hill to the main village. With a map of the island and a local guide to point out all that there is to see and do, you will have free time to truly discover this exquisite island.

For many, the joy of Sark is exploring the quiet pretty corners, enjoying breathtaking vistas and finding a secluded cove to relax. Alternatively, you can visit the Occupation and Heritage Museum, watch chocolates being made at Caragh’s, or walk to the famous La Coupee that links Big Sark to Little Sark in the south.

Along the ‘Main Street’ are a number of interesting and unusual shops, and there are a number of places on the island where you can buy refreshments. At the end of the day, take the ‘toast rack’ or walk back down the harbour hill to the pier and the ferry that will take you back to Guernsey.

The German Occupation of Guernsey
Gain an insight into life on this peaceful green island when it was in the grip of the German Army.

Guernsey offers many examples of the only part of Britain occupied during World War II, as well as fortifications that still lie on the cliffs surrounding the island.

Visit the German Occupation Museum, which is split into different rooms each depicting a theme. These include an equipment room, prison, an occupation kitchen, a fortress room and an area dedicated to maritime Guernsey. The explanation of the items on display will add to your experience at this extremely thought-provoking museum.

The Underground Hospital is a further remnant, and the largest structural reminder of the German occupation existing in the Channel Islands. The maze of tunnels in this incredible structure covers about 75,000 square feet. The hospital comprises of 2 main corridors each with wards, operating theatres and x-ray rooms. Although little remains of the equipment, you’ll see beds, cooking arrangements and the heating plant, and most of all you will be in a cool, damp environment which will cause you to contemplate what might have been the true purpose of the building.

At Pleinmont, take in the spectacular views over the cliffs of the west coast of Guernsey and view the impressive gun emplacements. There will be a stop for light refreshments on your journey and the opportunity to view German defences at close quarters.

Gardens of Guernsey
Renowned for its beautiful flowers and gardens, Guernsey is at its most beautiful in bloom.

A global garden, Guernsey’s mild maritime climate allows for 449 plants to be in bloom in the month of January alone. Visit 3 vibrant highlights of Guernsey to discover why the island has such a fine reputation for its striking flowers and gardens.

Explore the beautiful private garden of La Petite Vallee, considered to be a gardener’s paradise. The owner of the garden has kindly agreed to open the doors to her magnificent garden which includes an orchard, formal lawn, stream path, spring bank, great bank, summer beds, autumn beds, fruit and vegetables.

At the award winning Candie Gardens, with its spectacular setting looking out to sea, stroll downhill from the upper to lower gardens. In this rare example of a Victorian public flower garden, see the plants from all over the world that thrive in Candie’s sheltered position.

Finally, savour the fragrance of the beautiful freesias of Guernsey at the 3-acre Freesia Centre. A wonderful opportunity to experience how the traditional Guernsey flower is grown under glass, and observe the process of planting, picking, bunching and boxing to ship to the mainland UK.

Guernsey’s Heritage Trail
This interesting walking tour combines Guernsey’s fascinating history with pretty gardens and panoramic views.

This walking tour will show you the best of the pretty capital of Guernsey. Departing from the pier, your walk will take you into the town centre. As you amble along narrow cobbled streets and uphill past statues you’ll hear about the history of this interesting town before arriving at Candie Gardens.

Candie Gardens are beautifully maintained gardens which also have superb views out to sea where Herm Island and Sark are located in the distance. Enjoy around 30 minutes in these lovely gardens before continuing to Victoria Tower.

The prominent landmark of Victoria Tower was built in 1848 after Queen Victoria became the first monarch to visit the island with the intention to symbolise Guernsey’s link to the English crown. You will have the opportunity to climb the spiral staircase to the top of the tower, where a panoramic view of the island awaits you and as you look out to sea, you’ll see your cruise ship anchored in the distance.

Your next visit will be to see the stunning Guernsey Tapestry. This hidden gem, made to celebrate the millennium, depicts 1000 years of the islands remarkable history on 10 magnificently embroidered panels. You will also be able to follow the history with the aid of an audio guide.

A leisurely walk back downhill and through town will bring you back to the pier.

You will find the full and current list of P&O St Peter Port Shore Excursions at

St Peter Port Shore Excursions from P&O Cruises

Book online and qualify for P&O online booking discounts.

All P&O Cruises to St Peter Port are fully bookable online at P&O Cruises.

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